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Saturday, 25 July 2009 20:33

T hose two parables fit here: we start so simply and helpless but with God’s help we develop into a large bush or leavened bread to serve others.  But this growth has many setbacks.  Our sinfulness and selfishness get into the way.



Monday in Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34

Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23


M atthew 13:31-35  Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." 33 He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." 34 All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world."



* Meditation by Paul Mahowald, S.J. 



T oday’s gospel gives us two parables: the tiny mustard seed and the leavening yeast.  The Kingdom of heaven is like these.  Each of us starts our life at the moment of conception with a whole lifetime to develop into the child of God that we have been called to be.



The Kingdom of heaven is here and now as well as after we die.  It is here and now in how we continue to try to do God’s will.  I give the baptism instructions to parents here at St. John’s parish.  The first sacrament we receive, usually as an infant, is baptism.  Those two parables fit here: we start so simply and helpless but with God’s help we develop into a large bush or leavened bread to serve others.  But this growth has many setbacks.  Our sinfulness and selfishness get into the way.  This idea is where the first reading applies.



All last week we reflected on God’s assistance to his people suffering first slavery in Egypt , then faithlessness in the desert.  Glory is given to God when he persuades Pharaoh to let his people go free.  The plagues, especially the death of the firstborn, were too much for Pharaoh.  Moses led his people through the Red Sea , only to spend forty years of wandering in the desert.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1221) states the Exodus story is the seminal old testament text prefiguring the baptism for each of us.  We go from our birth with original sin through the waters of baptism to spend all our lives, sometimes doing God’s will, but too often sinning as the Israelites did with the golden god they worshipped.  Our goal also is a promised land – for us it is heaven itself and the fruits of our salvation won for us by Jesus.

In the gospel story Jesus reminds us of how we receive this gift of salvation, the Kingdom of heaven.  We go through all our life, at times doing God’s will, but all too often failing in our sinfulness by our weaknesses and selfishness.  We are now only an insignificant member of the Church, yet when we live a good life following and imitating Jesus, we become like the smallest of seeds that becomes like a large bush giving shade or the yeast that leavens the bread.

Supplementary Reading: He Heals

If I but touch His clothes, I shall be healed... - Mark 5:28


My son, Robbie, who was on vacation in Quezon with his Mom, fell from a hammock and bumped his head. After lunch, he vomited and said, "Mommy, I'm weak. I want to sleep." Joie brought him to the hospital when he vomited again. Being a nurse, she knew what it meant if the head bump caused the vomiting.



So she prayed, "Lord, please, not that." At that time, I was the speaker on the second day of Bo Sanchez's Lenten retreat. I thought, "I'll just miss my talk. Bo would understand!" But I couldn't get a bus ride to Quezon because of the heavy commuter traffic during Holy Week. Joie and I agreed that I'd stay for my talk and we prayed over the phone that my service would be an intercession for Rob's healing.



I gave the talk with all my might. After that, I caught the next ride and endured hours of standing on the bus to Quezon. Upon seeing Rob, I greeted him: "Good afternoon, son. I miss you. I love you! Daddy's here!" He sprang up and we played, sang, watched cartoons, exchanged stories, ate and danced. The doctor said Robbie was well and it was not the bump that caused the vomiting.

Jesus continues to heal - through the love of caring persons like you and me. Obet Cabrillas (Kerygma)


Did I become a channel of Jesus' healing today?


PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
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